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abdominal pain and diarrhea on and off for 6 months, still not diagnosed! help!

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  • Posted By: Miss Diagnosed
  • April 24, 2009
  • 00:57 AM

Ive been dealing with on and off stomach cramping and pain for the last 3 years and have yet to get a solid diagnosis. A few years back I had a scan at the ER that showed swelling of the ileum which is part of the small intestine. I followed up with a gastroenterolgist and had a colonoscopy. The conclusion that the Dr. drew from the testing was that I had IBS. However, over the past few years my symptoms continued to worsen. I have cramping in my lower abdomen and lower back, chronic diarhea, inconsistency in the coloring of my stool (ranges from really dark to extremely pale colored), and I feel exhausted all the time. Ive been to the hospital 3 times over the course of the last 6 months. The first time I went I found out that my ileum was inflammed again, and the ER doctor told me that I more than likely had crohns disease and to follow up with my doctor. I havent been able to go to a specialist due to health insurance problems so I had to follow up with my primary care doctor who agreed to treat me for free. He ordered a small bowel series and that came back clear of crohns disease. Ive returned to the ER twice since then in severe pain and each time they tell me its crohns, even when I tell them that the colonoscopy from a few years back and the recent small bowel series proved that I did not have crohns. What could this be? I feel extremely frustrated and dont know where to go from here, no one is listening to me and my family now thinks Im a hypochondriac because one minute I tell them its crohns, the next minute Im informed its not. If anyone has any ideas on what this could be, something specific that I could make the hospital test me for, I would greatly appreciate your help.

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